By: John Stracco
On the morning of Friday, October 2nd, Americans woke up to yet another disaster plaguing the year of 2020. Early Friday morning, the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, announced via twitter that he and the first lady had tested positive for the Coronavirus. Obviously, this news is devastating and sad, as it is for any who contract the deadly disease; but with Trump being the oldest and definitely the most influential world leader to contract the virus so far, there are certain political implications that are unavoidable, with only 22 days before the election.
A simple place to start is with Trump’s strategy for reelection. It is obvious, the numbers don’t lie, that the US has the most Covid-19 cases in the world, and many lay the responsibility for that on the President. It has been abundantly clear that Trump is steering his campaign towards the economic recovery, “law and order”, and the supreme court. For a clear path to victory Trump would most likely hope to keep the coronavirus on the downplay during his campaign. However, his diagnosis does the exact opposite of this. For the next few weeks voters in swing states will focus on Trump's dealing with the virus, and his own immune response could be very influential in the outcome of the election.
The best possible outcome for the President is that he has a quick and speedy recovery.To start, is the best possible outcome for the President in which he has a quick and speedy recovery. Three consequences came of Trump’s case.
First, some voters were stirred by Trump’s positive test and may have decided he is not the man to lead the country. The second is that the President talked of how easy his run with the virus was, proving his point that many people contract the virus with mild to no symptoms.
Either way, Trump will have to self-isolate for at least 10 days which halts all campaign events and gives an advantage to his opponent, Joe Biden, who is beginning on the ground events in swing states this week. Biden will be able to speak directly to voters, while the President is stuck in a hospital. This also brings into question the second presidential debate, which is supposed to happen when he is done isolating. And after Trump’s performance during the first debate, he could certainly use another chance to appeal to voters. However, this will be substantially harder after his run with the Coronavirus.
Just like the death of legendary Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Trump’s positive test provides yet another shake up just weeks before the election that will weigh on the minds of the American people for the weeks to come; as well as swing voters who are most likely to vote closer to the election and in person. These are some of the most influential voters on the future of the country and outcome of the election.